Tri County Report For September 9th, 2016

Authorites are charging a Wampum man on a felony drug charge following a search of his residence.  According to the New Castle News 29 year old Raphiel Ballinger of Church Street is being charged with possessing a controlled substance with the intent to deliver.  Members of the Lawrence County District Attorney’s Drug Task Force and state agents executed the search warrant and siezed 31 grams of suspected methylone along with digital scales and over 21 hundred dollars in cash. The investigation is continuing.

A 15-year-old boy may be facing charges for allegedly making a false bomb threat at Seneca Valley Intermediate High School.  The school was evacuated Wednesday after a note was discovered in a bathroom saying the building would blow up at noon. A subsequent investigation matched the handwriting on the note to the student who reported finding it.  He later admitted to making the threat.  The boy’s family may be billed by emergency responders for their time and resources.

The Meadows Racetrack and Casino has a new owner.  The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board approved the sale on Wednesday of the Washington County casino from Gaming and Leisure Properties of Wyomissing to Las Vegas-based Pinnacle Entertainment.  The 138-million-dollar deal was agreed to in March.  The Meadows opened in 2007.

A Mercer County teen is charged for allegedly driving into a pedestrian on purpose.  Diego Romero was arrested and booked into the Allegheny County Jail on Wednesday.  The 17-year-old is charged with attempted homicide among other things for last month’s incident on Heths Avenue.  The victim suffered from a broken leg and other injuries.  Diego’s preliminary hearing is September 14th.

Officials are confirming Pennsylvania’s first case of sexually transmitted Zika.  The Department of Health said yesterday that one person got Zika while travelling out of state and then passed it to a partner during sex.  There are 95 Zika infections in the state.

A Greenville couple face charges after Brookfield Ohio,  police found items associated with drug use concealed in the folds of child car seat. Police said they found herion on 28 year old Matthew Prahm when he was stopped last week. WKBN-TV reports The search also turned up two burned spoons and cotton swabs in a child car seat, as well as a makeshift tourniquet and syringe caps in the car. The woman was identified as 24 yea rold Victoria Shifflett, she was charged with child endangering. Shifflett’s infant son was turned over to the care of a relative. Prahm, who already had a warrant out for his arrest, was charged with heroin possession and endangering children.

The Community College of Allegheny County is going to transfer credits for students displaced by the nationwide closure of I-T-T Technical Schools.  CCAC administrators say there are similarities between the schools’ courses and want students to know they’ll transfer most credits for those wishing to continue their educations.  The school is expecting up to 200 transfers and is prepared to start them during the current semester.

State police in Mercer County  responding to a call of a drug overdose arrested a Jackson Township woman after discovering she had driven a car containing her 4-year-old daughter while under the influence of heroin. The Sharon Herald reports 26 year old Alyson Michaels faces charges of possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence of heroin, endangering the welfare of the child, reckless endangerment. The investigation is continuing.